sting

[ sting ]
/ stɪŋ /

verb (used with object), stung or (Obsolete) stang; stung; sting·ing.

verb (used without object), stung or (Obsolete) stang; stung; sting·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. stimulus,
  2. stimulus generalization,
  3. stimulus sensitive myoclonus,
  4. stimy,
  5. stine,
  6. stingaree,
  7. stinger,
  8. stinging capsule,
  9. stinging hair,
  10. stinging nettle

Origin of sting

before 900; (v.) Middle English stingen, Old English stingan to pierce; cognate with Old Norse stinga to pierce, Gothic -stangan (in usstangan to pull out); (noun) Middle English sting(e), Old English: act of stinging, derivative of the v.

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British Dictionary definitions for sting

sting

/ (stɪŋ) /

verb stings, stinging or stung

noun

Derived Formsstinging, adjectivestingingly, adverbstingingness, noun

Word Origin for sting

Old English stingan; related to Old Norse stinga to pierce, Gothic usstangan to pluck out, Greek stakhus ear of corn

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Word Origin and History for sting
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Medicine definitions for sting

sting

[ stĭng ]

v.

To pierce or wound painfully with or as if with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
To introduce venom by stinging.
To cause to feel a sharp smarting pain by or as if by pricking with a sharp point.

n.

The act of stinging.
The wound or pain caused by or as if by stinging.
The venom apparatus of a stinging organism.

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Idioms and Phrases with sting

sting

see take the sting out of.

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